Eddie Hearn has indicated that a good route for British/Commonwealth heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (15-0) would be to face the winner of Helenius vs. Rill.
Robert Helenius (21-0) and Franz Rill (11-0) meet at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday for the vacant EBU title. The bout was originally meant to see Helenius throw down with Erkan Teper, however, Teper suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the fight.
It seemed as if Hearn was leaning toward a fight with Dereck Chisora for Joshua next, especially when Chisora was named on the undercard of Joshua vs. Whyte. However, Hearn told skysports.com “People are talking about Dereck Chisora, which is ideal if we go down the British title defence route, but I think we might prefer the European title route”.
Perhaps Chisora scared Hearn off when he told skysports.com “I am not just going to get in there because it is good for boxing. It has to be financially right for him and for myself, too”. Perhaps Hearn is trying to barter with Chisora and drive his price down by threatening to go the EBU route.
Whichever route they take and based on his last performance, Joshua will be tested. If Whyte can rock Joshua then Helenius and Chisora certainly have enough power to do the same.